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May Mart

What is May Mart?

Inspired by the spirit of the ubiquitous street markets found in cities, towns and villages in Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander countries around the world, May Mart is an invitation to experience the vibrant diversity of food, art, craft, trade, wares and services of Evanston’s ASPA business owners!   


May is Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American (ASPA) Heritage Month and May Mart is our way of supporting local ASAPIA-owned businesses!


Participate in our May Mart challenge and win a $100 E-Town gift card!

You can support our local ASPA-owned businesses AND enter to win a $100 E-Town gift card!  Scroll down for details.

Thank you for your support of local business, community diversity, and our ASPA community!

Evanston Businesses Owned by Our Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Neighbors
Shop & Eat Local!
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May Mart Challenge
All of the businesses listed above are ASPA-owned!  The bolded listings are the ones participating in May Mart.  You can pick up your May Mart Challenge postcards at these locations or print your own.  Below is a list of businesses offering specials during the month of May.  
The following are 3 easy steps to meet the challenge and be entered to win a $100 E-town gift card:

1) Visit 5 businesses participating in the May Mart challenge between May 1st and 31st (participating businesses listed in bold above)
2) When you visit each business ask a staff person to initial your May Mart postcard (postcards available at participating businesses or
    download and print here)

3) Once you've filled your postcard with 5 visits, submit it no later than June 10th in one of the following ways:
  • take a photo of it and post it on Instagram using the hashtags #evanstonaspa #maymart2022
  • take a photo and email it to
  • drop it off at Studio 3 located at 617C Grove St. (the entrance can be found in the north alley between Chicago and Sherman; place it in the black mailbox)
4) Your submission will enter you in the drawing to win a $100 E-Town gift card!  Winner will be announced and contacted at the end of June
May Mart Specials

527 Cafe

Artem Pop-Up Gallery - Limited edition art prints of 1) The Enchanted Forest or 2) The Beauty of Trees - Alcohol Ink Art by Sarita Kamat on purchases of $100 or more to the first 50 shoppers

Ayla's Originals - 30% off all pearl beads

Bollywood & Culture Groove - 10% off on unique Indian Dances & Cultural Stories workshops for Schools, Libraries, and Corporates

Coffee Lab Evanston - Enjoy a special Heritage Month-themed drink inspired by Southeast Asian flavors

Inspired Indian Cooking - 15% off all in-store purchases

Mt Everest Restaurant - 20% discount on all orders except lunch boxes, value meal & alcoholic beverages

niceLena & Friends - Make a free Mother's Day button!

Studio 3/Kids Create Change - Make a free Diya at Studio 3 on May 5th 10am-12pm!

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May Mart postcards can be picked up at any of the participating business or you can print your own here!

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